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They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Overview of the production


We’re sorry to say that They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? won’t be going ahead at the Bridge Theatre this November. We and our partners on the production, Elliott & Harper, hope that it will be possible to mount the show at some point in the future.

If you have a booking for this show we can organise a refund – either to your original payment method or as a credit to your account at the Bridge. (That would be very helpful indeed.)  You can be in touch with us at


The real-life dance marathons of Depression-era America could last weeks, even months.

Paula Vogel’s new play is based on Horace McCoy’s classic story of ambition, desperation and determination.

In Marianne Elliott and Steven Hoggett’s production, The Bridge will be transformed into a 1930s dance hall.

Set design by Bob Crowley, music by Charlotte and Mike Truman, and casting by Charlotte Sutton. A co-production between London Theatre Company and Elliott & Harper productions, with Brandon Millan and Rick Sparks.

If you would like the chance to join the dance, select Stalls Rows A–D , AA–MM or Gallery 1 AA–CC.

Ticket prices
£72.50, £57.50, £39.50, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinées
Premium tickets available

Performance schedule
Monday–Saturday: 7.30pm
Wednesdays & Saturdays: 2.30pm


Access Performances 
Audio Described: Saturday 23 January, 2.30pm
Captioned: Saturday 16 January, 2.30pm

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Creative Team


Marianne Elliott

Marianne Elliott most recently co-directed Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (alongside Miranda Cromwell) at the Young Vic which, following its West End transfer, is currently playing at the Piccadilly Theatre.  Previously Elliott directed the award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company which transfers to Broadway next year and the West End premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle for Elliott & Harper.  During her time as Associate Director at the National Theatre her award-winning productions include Angels in America, War Horse (co-directed with Tom Morris) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  She was previously Artistic Director at the Royal Exchange Theatre and has also directed for the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic and the Donmar Warehouse.

November 2019


Steven Hoggett

Steven Hoggett was most recently the movement director for Ocean at the End of the Lane at the National TheatreHis previous credits for the National Theatre include Pinocchio, Light Princess, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also on Broadway and West End), Dido Queen of CarthageThe Hot House and Market Boy. His West End theatre credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre (also performed internationally), Close To You – Bacharach Reimagined at the Piccadilly The Twits at the Royal Court and Once at the Phoenix Theatre (also performed on Broadway). His Broadway theatre credits include Joan of Arc: Into the Fire at the Public Theatre, The Crucible at the Walter Herr Theatre, Angels in America and The Last Ship  at the Neil Simon Theatre, Rocky at the Winter Gardens The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T and the Booth Theatre, Peter and the Starcatcher at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and American Idiot at the St James Theatre. Opera includes Rigoletto at the Met. Hoggett was a founding co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly for which his credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, LovesongOthelloLittle DogsBeautiful BurnoutStockholmPool (No Water) and Dirty Wonderland. His film credits include How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Freak Show.

November 2019


Horace McCoy

Adapted by

Paula Vogel

American playwright Paula Vogel received the Pulitzer Prize for her play How I Learned to Drive. Her other plays include Indencent (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play) The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot ‘N’ Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas.

November 2019

Set Designer

Bob Crowley

Theatre includes, recently, Alys Always, My Name is Lucy Barton and Allelujah! for The Bridge; The Inheritance at the Young Vic, in the West End and on Broadway; Sing Street for New York Theatre Workshop; The Moderate Soprano in the West End; An American in Paris on Broadway, in London and Paris; Skylight in London and on Broadway; Aladdin for Disney in Toronto and on Broadway; The Glass Menagerie for American Repertory Theatre, USA, and on Broadway; The Audience in London and on Broadway; Once in London, on Broadway and US tour; and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky at the Almeida.

He has designed many productions for the National Theatre including People, Pinocchio, Travelling Light, Collaborators, King James Bible, Juno and the Paycock (also at the Abbey, Dublin), The Habit of Art, The Power of Yes, Phèdre, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Gethsemane, i (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys (also on Broadway), His Girl Friday and Mourning Becomes Electra; more than 25 productions for the RSC, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Plantagenets; and for the Donmar Warehouse: Into the Woods and Orpheus Descending.

Other theatre includes Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward, on UK tour and on Broadway; Disney’s Aida on Broadway; Disney’s Tarzan (which he also directed) on Broadway, in Germany and the Netherlands; The Year of Magical Thinking on Broadway and at the NT; The Coast of Utopia in New York; Carousel in New York; The Seagull at the Public Theatre New York; Paul Simon’s The Capeman, and The Sweet Smell of Success.

Opera & ballet designs include Strapless, The Winter’s Tale, Pavane, Anastasia, The Knot Garden, La traviata and Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House; Great Scott at Dallas Opera; Don Carlos at the Metropolitan Opera; and The Cunning Little Vixen at le Châtelet.

Film includes Othello, Tales from Hollywood starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, Suddenly Last Summer directed by Richard Eyre and starring Maggie Smith, and Costume Design for the film of The Crucible starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder.

Awards Seven Tony awards, two Olivier awards, the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert LB Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.

November 2021


Charlotte & Mike Truman

Casting Director

Charlotte Sutton CDG

Lighting Designer

Tim Lutkin

Sound Designer

Tom Gibbons